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Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
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Jul 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-books
Read in July, 2011

The word "charming" comes to mind when thinking about this book. It's funny, sad and replete with likable, quirky characters. It also made me pleasantly nostalgic for a time past when my own family was full of sweet-smelling elderly aunts who always wanted to feed you. I enjoyed following Penny's adventures and the development of her knowledge of her father's past. I'd highly recommend this book. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that there's not a great deal of conflict. I read this for my daughter's bookclub and didn't find all that much material to mine for discussion. While the girls enjoyed reading the book, our discussion floated from one funny or sad incident to another without any interesting controversy. We did touch on the Italian-American immigrant experience, WWII and interment camps, so there were some teachable moments, but in general this book is more about reading pleasure.

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